The seasons ebb and flow. As summer wanes into autumn, I can’t help but compare the transitory nature of life with the shifting of the seasons. Everything comes full circle. In my darkest hours, it was so hard to see that times could ever be happy again. But just as the cold days of winter fade into spring, so do the bad times make way for happier hours. And I write this to you today, not only as a message of hope, but as a reminder to myself when I see hard times again.
Things get better. No matter where you are in life, I know things will get better when you truly trust and believe. Think of the ebb and flow of the ocean; the waxing and waning of the moon. The sun always rises even after the darkest night.
If you are facing a difficulty or hardship, I want to send you a message of love and peace, and of hope. If you’ve been a reader of this blog, you know that I recently went through a difficult time. But now I want to give back to you, my readers. If any of you are going through something and need someone to talk to, my email inbox is ALWAYS open (email@example.com). Seriously, I would love to hear from you, even if you’re just having a hard day and want to chat. My heart is so full of love for this amazing online community, and it would be an honor to get to know you all better. But even if you want to continue to be a silent reader, just know that I am so grateful for you, and that I’m always here if you need anything. Sending love and hugs to all <3
Almost Raw Vegan Tacos
- 1 Head Red or Green Lettuce
- Handful Cherry Tomatoes chopped
- 1/2 Red Onion chopped
- 1 Mango peeled and chopped
- 2 Cups Walnuts
- 1/2 Cup Sunflower Seeds
- 1/4 Tsp Smoked Paprika
- 1 Tsp Chili Powder
- 1/4 Tsp Cumin
- 1/4 Tsp Salt
- Olive oil for sauté
- To make the nut meat, combine all ingredients into the food processor and pulse a few times, until nuts are chopped. Don't overprocess - be sure to leave big-ish chunks of nuts.
- Bring a sauté pan to medium heat. Add in a little extra virgin olive oil, and sauté nut meat for about 2-3 minutes, or until warm and fragrant.
- Prep the veggies and mango. Mix tomatoes, onion, and mango to make a pico de gallo.
- To assemble tacos, stuff lettuce leaves with as much nut meat / pico as desired.
- Serve and enjoy!
If you make this recipe and post it on Instagram, be sure to tag me @wellandfull and #wellandfull so I can see! I love seeing your takes on my recipes :)
VeronikaSeptember 14, 2016 at 10:23 am
These look so good! The nut “meat” has me intrigued, I keep seeing variations of it everywhere and I can’t believe I haven’t given it a try yet. And considering I’ve been rather obsessed with smoked paprika lately, I definitely need to make these soon :)
SarahSeptember 15, 2016 at 11:42 am
You should definitely try out nut meat, girl!! Especially if you’re into smoked paprika ;)
Gabby @ Putumayo KitchenSeptember 15, 2016 at 6:45 am
This looks amazing ! I definitely need to try making that nut meat soon – it sounds delicious and I think it would be so good on top of a lot of different dishes. Thanks for sharing :)
SarahSeptember 15, 2016 at 11:43 am
Thanks Gabby!! :D
traci | Vanilla And BeanSeptember 15, 2016 at 10:21 am
Heeey Sarah… thank you for your love and warmth. No doubt life ebbs and flows and we all need a little reminder from time to time that things will get better. Thank you for that my dear! I made nut meat for the first time last year and loved it! My husband, who is not generally open to any ‘not regular’ (his words) and/or new food preparations loved it too! I’ve not yet shared the recipe on the blog yet because OMGee there are SO many! But, It’ll happen soon. These tacos are simply amazing! So easy, simple, nourishing and I know sublime! I can see a big plop of guac on top of em’! Delicious and beautiful work my dear! xo
SarahSeptember 15, 2016 at 11:51 am
Aww thank you Traci!! I’m not surprised that your husband liked it, though, nut meat is delicious! And such a great way to get vegetarian protein :)
PiaSeptember 15, 2016 at 11:55 am
How nice it is to read such beautiful, comforting and true words, especially coming from you, Sarah. Because I really am so glad you’re in a better place and able to feel more positive again after the hardships you have had to endure. So, keep it up, girl, never lose hope, and thank you for sharing your love with us xx
SarahSeptember 16, 2016 at 11:15 am
Thank you so much, Pia. I always love hearing from you :) Sending lots of love <3
KatyaSeptember 15, 2016 at 1:44 pm
Smoked paprika is the best! Especially hot smoked paprika–it makes everything taste as if it has just come out of the barbecue.
Thank you for your beutiful message, Sarah, be sure that these words are greatly appreciated. I’m sending my love and prayers your way.
SarahSeptember 16, 2016 at 11:19 am
Thank you so much for your kind note, Katya, it really means a lot to me. Sending you a big virtual hug <3 <3
PafJanuary 13, 2017 at 6:06 pm
Wow. Literally what I needed to read.
SarahJanuary 14, 2017 at 12:46 pm
Sending love and light, Paf <3